this next project makes great use of a dreaded piece of college dorm/first apartment furniture: the futon! leela in portland oregon wanted to turn an old ikea book shelf into a sunny reading area so she found a $10 futon on craigslist and broke it apart and re-upholstered (with striped ikea fabric) to create a window bench seat. her husband then raised the bookshelf with some extra wood so it would be the perfect height to read and look out the window. i love the way they thought outside of the box and saved some money along the way- well done, leela!